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Dallas Atheist Book Club Message Board › Mar 2013 book suggestions - S.T.E.M

Mar 2013 book suggestions - S.T.E.M. = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Jason H.
Dallas, TX
Post #: 260
Post suggestions here!

Please limit book lengths to 350 pages or less.
A former member
Post #: 2
The Signal and the Noise or Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't by Nate Silver.
Skip K.
Carrollton, TX
Post #: 31
Ray Kurzweil's "The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology" came up in last nights philosophy forum. It sounded interesting.
Scott B.
user 10302406
Dallas, TX
Post #: 39
Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
by Simon Singh
A former member
Post #: 5
Allow me to recommend Bill Lauritzen's epically thought-provoking book, The Invention of God: The Natural Origins of Mythology and Religion. Bill makes the case that early religions were actually proto-scientific attempts to understand nature based on observation of the heavens above us, the earth below us and the air around us. The book focuses on volcanos (god-like sources of light, power, terror, destruction and resurrection as well as sustenance in the form of volcanic soil) and a primitive understanding of air as "soul" and "a vital immaterial spirit." Lauritzen unfolds this fascinating theory that accounts for things like angels (lava bombs,) the reason for burned offerings (smoke feeds the "vital immaterial spirits,") battles between the gods represented in various myths (volcanic lightning,) the great pyramids as models of volcanos, and the understanding of primitive peoples connecting fire-earth-air-water in a unifying theory.

I predict this book will reshape your ideas about religious conceptions and symbols. And I'd love to discuss this book with you all!

David Sloan Wilson, author, professor and evolutionary biologist, on Lauritzen's work: "What before was a jumble of uninterpretable facts suddenly becomes organized by the relationships made reasonable by the theory." Sir Arthur C. Clarke, author and inventor of the communications satellite called Bill "some kind of genius."

Only 160 pages in paperback, $12.82 at Amazon. Also available for Kindle, $9.95.
user 17561571
Dallas, TX
Post #: 3
Your inner Fish­

Why we get Sick­
Keith K.
user 12906323
Dallas, TX
Post #: 14
How about Ray Kurzweil's How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed. This can be thought of as the follow on to his book The Singularity. 336 pages
Eric M.
Irving, TX
Post #: 2
In the event of a tie, the shortest book should win. We only have a month to read these.
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